Mental health and looking after yourself

Find information and support if you are feeling stressed or anxious and feel you are not coping due to COVID-19

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Looking after yourself Support in isolation Other resources, apps and tools


It is ok to feel emotionally or physically affected by the impact of COVID-19 and there is support available. If you are feeling stressed or anxious and feel you are not coping, it’s important to seek help and support. In an emergency or crisis situation you must call 000.

If you or anyone you know needs help right now:

  • CHIRP Community Health Services on 5479 1000
    • Counselling, Alcohol and Other Drug services, which provide counselling and withdrawal support.
    • Mt Alexander Family Services, which support families who are experiencing difficulties.
    • Housing services, which can assist people with transitional accommodation, applications for the complex Social Housing process, private rental assistance with rent arrears, moving, bonds, rent in advance and tenancy advice, emergency accommodation, advocacy, advice and referrals.
    • Allied Health services including diabetes support & education, heart & blood pressure monitoring, support & advice with a range of health issues and physiotherapy & exercise physiology assessments & treatment.
  • Victorian Mental Health Triage – Loddon Mallee – 1300 363 788
    Staffed by senior mental health clinicians, this service involves an initial assessment over the phone to determine the type and urgency of the response required from mental health or other services.
  • Lifeline on 13 11 14
  • beyondblue on 1300 224 636
  • Suicide Call Back Service - - mental health support, call back service: 1300 659 467 or online (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
  • MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
  • Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
  • Headspace on 1800 650 890
  • QLife Switchboard on 1800 184 527
  • Gambler's Help on 1800 858 858

Looking after yourself

To help keep a healthy headspace during this time, it’s important to stay connected to family and friends, eat well and ensure you stay active.

Here are some simple tips to help reduce worry and stress and maintain a healthy mindset:

  • Take a break from the news
  • Stay active
  • Stay connected to friends and family
  • Eat well
  • Get enough sleep
  • Talk to a trusted friend/adult if it all feels a bit much.

Local community organisations are working together to keep you safe, informed and connected at this time. They have developed a Health and Wellbeing resource pack designed to provide information on the importance of looking after your mental health and staying connected particularly for the vulnerable or isolated community. To view a printable version of this resource please click here.

Alternatively Mount Alexander Shire residents can request a resource pack be posted by contacting us by:


Phone: 1800 512 446 (Freecall) Monday to Friday (8.30am to 5.00pm)

Support in isolation

If you need support, information, advice on who to contact or what to do, or simply need to talk to someone who will listen, call the friendly staff at CHIRP Community Health on (03) 5479 1000 - 9am to 5pm (Monday - Friday).

Castlemaine Library is offering a friendly weekly or fortnightly phone call to those needing comfort and connection. To sign up to this service contact the library on 5472 1458 or email

Australian Red Cross - COVID Connect also have volunteers that are happy to call you – once or regularly – for a friendly chat to help maintain or improve social connection.
COVID Connect is a free service from Australian Red Cross, for adults of all ages, to provide support and community connection to people who are feeling socially isolated as a result of COVID-19.
It is available to anyone who is not in regular social contact with is experiencing isolation or loneliness. Call 1800 733 276 or register online at:
(Note: It is not a service for people wanting assistance with their mental health or those who require assistance in a crisis).

Other resources, apps and tools

There are many other helpful resources and help available on-line. Below is a list of links that may be useful to improve your mental wellbeing and assist you to cope better during COVID-19.